Crucifixion (‘Hypercubic Body’) (1954) by Salvador Dali

Crucifixion ('Hypercubic Body') - Dali, Salvador - 1954

Artwork Information

TitleCrucifixion ('Hypercubic Body')
ArtistSalvador Dali
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions194.5 x 124 cm
Current LocationMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY, US
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About Crucifixion ('Hypercubic Body')

Salvador Dalí’s “Crucifixion (Corpus Hypercubus)” is a historic oil-on-canvas painting completed in 1954. The artwork depicts Christ on a polyhedron net of a tesseract, also known as a hypercube. It is considered one of Dalí’s best-known paintings from the later period of his career and is located at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Dalí aimed to create a sensational painting that would depict an exploding Christ, nuclear and hypercubic. In this work, he presents us with a crucifixion in the age of modern science, completing his theme started in “Christ of St. John of the Cross.” The painting showcases the stunning athleticism with which the crucified savior is represented.

The unique representation is noteworthy as it features Christ suspended on one plane while also occupying another space simultaneously via the tesseract grid beneath him. This style highlights Dalí’s fascination with mathematics and spirituality, merging them into one canvas. Overall, Salvador Dali’s “Crucifixion (Corpus Hypercubus)” combines abstract and spiritual elements to produce an iconic masterpiece that continues to captivate art enthusiasts worldwide centuries after its creation.

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